NOVAX [Block To The Future blog] / AKA r0bs0l33t
I just created this NOVAX account on this forum so that I’m more recognizable across platforms, however, you can find my earlier posts in this forum under the username, r0bs0l33t. I’ve been posting here since February 24: Profile - r0bs0l33t - Sovryn
I was formerly a “financial advisor” with a large broker-dealer. I held Series 6, Series 63, and Life & Disability Insurance Licenses in the State of California. I started out in the field of pension planning and defined contribution supplemental retirement accounts. My agency sold a lot of mutual funds and annuities. I left that business after 7 years, having worked my way from the back office, to managing the boiler room teams of a dozen college student telemarketers, to finally becoming a licensed financial advisor. However, by the time I had achieved my goal, I was disillusioned with the centralized financial system. I had begun to perceive conventional “financial advisors” as being mostly ignorant salespeople serving the purposes of a very large machine that was fundamentally broken. Ultimately, it was the onset of a chronic illness that forced me to quit that awful job. If I hadn’t gotten deeply involved in health freedom activism and videography at that time, I almost certainly would have been learning about and mining Bitcoin because I was thoroughly disillusioned with the central banking system.
Now I’m a professional parent and investor. I’m a homeschooling father, value investor, and entrepreneur. I don’t have a 9-5 “job”. I am able to focus a lot of my energies into my involvement in the Sovryn community, the Babelfish community, and a handful of other projects which I’m only peripherally involved with. I would like to become a more active Sovryn community contributor and for that to become a form of “occupation” for me. This is what I love doing. I’ve earned 4,200% in my investments since March of 2018 and now I’m all about building and participating in decentralized communities. I’m writing a blog post about a blockchain idea that I’d like to see built, maybe you’re someone who wants to join me in that effort too.
Humility, failure, perseverance, and success. I jumped into crypto with every fiber of my being a few years ago. I was editing video professionally and finishing my undergraduate degree at the time. So I had just built this amazing Alienware desktop PC with 2 NVidia GTX 1070s connected via SLI. That thing is my video editing monster. It was super expensive but worth every penny… until my primary video editing gig dried up and I had less use for my $5,000 machine. My mentioned that I might try some GPU mining with it and within minutes I had Claymore miner up and running.
I began building 6 and 8 GPU mining rigs within a month. I’ve written extensively about many of my crypto experiences on my Publish0x blog, Block To The Future. So, if you want to vet me more thoroughly as a delegate, I suppose you could read my blog posts. I have a Bachelor’s of Science in Technological Entrepreneurship & Management [TEM] from Arizona State University’s Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering. I’m not an engineer, but I’m fairly technical. My expertise is more with databases, hardware, networking, linux CLI, some SQL, and some CSS & JQuery. So, I’m not a software developer, but I do understand the conceptual principles of OOP and I’ve helped to write some very primitive scripts with Python. So, in theory, I could make the transition to become a test-net dev with a whole lot of focused attention.
I entered the blockchain market for the first time as a student in a tech entrepreneurship program, and I was frequently the only one talking about crypto in my classes. The curiosity and freedom to experiment that my studies contributed to my experience of crypto have been instrumental to my continued exploration. That’s probably why I’m here on the RSK Network and not contributing to projects on Ethereum or Binance Smart Chain. This is where the people I most respect are hanging out, and this is where the real decentralists are building something even greater than I could ever have imagined back in 2017, so this is where I spend most of my time. If you want to know anything else, please ask.
WHY I WANT TO BE A BITOCRACY DELEGATE:
I’m inspired to participate in the governance of this community in a meaningful way for a variety of reasons. Ever since I made my first trades on IDEX and EtherDelta several years ago, I have been fascinated by the prospect of the decentralized exchange. However, I experienced the liquidity desert of P2P “barter” style exchanges and I felt that the technology was promising, but incomplete. As the vision for decentralized finance is finally being realized, I must participate in helping to steward it’s sustainability, resilience, and adoption
I suffered a life-changing disability due to a neuro-degenerative condition about 2 years ago. By nothing short of a miracle, I have made money during this time. Through COVID lockdowns, learning how to be a “disabled person”, and having no gainful employment, unemployment insurance, or even a government disability check. By the grace of God, I not only survived, but prospered. In my condition of chronic pain, I began directing my attention to the markets as a sort of neuro-hack. If I’m paying attention to the monitor and engaging my mind in complex tasks, then I don’t feel as much pain.
So I started really diving deep in my market research and community participation and it’s been both financially rewarding and personally gratifying. I’ve begun to identify with Bran Starke from Game of Thrones, because my disability has become a sort of strength. Entrust me as the custodian of your Bitocracy votes and I pledge to use my warg-like handicapped crypto super powers in the defense and expansion of this Sovryn community.
PLATFORM AND VALUES:
My studies at ASU trained me formally to be an associative thinker. I am conditioned to recognize value in the market and to identify disruptive technology. I’ve done a little of everything in crypto. I’ve gone through various phases of discovery since 2017, when I first began mining Ethereum and squandering it on crap ICOs. I’ve participated in a lot of airdrops and I’ve used nearly every centralized and decentralized exchange, so I’ve lost funds to KYC and insolvency on more exchanges than most people have heard of… including Poloniex, Nanex, Yobit, Huobi, HitBTC, Binance.com, Cryptopia, CryptoHub, CryptoBridge, COSS, and Cobinhood. I probably only lost about $2,000 USD value in total, so it’s not the end of the world, but it does sting, because some of those alts are worth a lot more now! I mostly only lost dust and some small balances, but please believe me when I say that I understand how important it is to stay Sovryn and HODL your keys!
I’m a proponent of balance between the various heroes within the Sovryn community. I participate in the Sovryn platform in several ways as a Bitocracy staker, and liquidity provider in V1 AMM and V2 DAMM. I understand Impermanent Loss well enough to be really concerned about the profitability of liquidity mining. The importance of the sustainable profitability of liquidity mining is not just a self-interested personal greed thing for me. I recognize that the entirety of the fragile DeFi ecosystem rests on the market’s ability to sustain the motivation for market-makers to continue staking liquidity into these AMMs. If there’s no LPs, then there are no DEXs. If there are no DEXs, then we’re right back in 2017 bartering on primitive P2P DEXs again. So, if AMMs fail for enough Loki’s, then there’s nothing left for Thor to trade. If you’re Odin, you’re probably wiser and wealthier than most of us, so congratulations on that.
I’m using the platform fairly rigorously with a (very small) 3x long rBTC position on Sovryn, I’m staking half my $SOV from the Origins presale in the Bitocracy, and I’m liquidity mining both pools as well. I didn’t realize the voting power was associated with the staking period when I staked my $SOV. So, I may decide to lock mine up for a little longer to increase my vote weight. If you guys want me to increase my staking duration indefinitely I’ll consider doing that if it’s a deciding factor for people. Just let me know. I started off with a 1 year stake because I wanted to leave open the possibility of unstaking the bitocracy for other potentially more profitable opportunities on the platform.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION / LINKS:
DISCORD: NOVAX (Block To The Future)#9930
GPU Mining video I made for my college senior project!